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Schools’ boycott spreads

Written By: - Date published: 1:38 pm, June 25th, 2010 - 59 comments
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Just a few days ago I wrote about schools in Dunedin and Invercargill refusing to participate in National’s flawed, damaging “national standards” process. Well it seems that the boycott is spreading:

National Standards
Press Release: Auckland Primary Principals’ Association

After significant deliberation, APPA recommends that its members cease to attend any training around the implementation of the National Standards. APPA believes that the government’s National Standards policy is irreconcilably flawed, confused and unworkable. The standards are not in fact standards and therefore cannot be moderated to provide valid, reliable and consistent achievement data.

APPA reminds the Prime Minister and Minister of Education that the key issues concerning National Standards as raised by leading New Zealand academics in an open letter dated 19 November 2009 remain unanswered. The academics stated that the National Standards system ‘will not achieve intended goals and are likely to lead to dangerous side effects”. …

If these fundamental issues are not addressed, APPA will need to take further action.

It’s good to see teachers putting the welfare of the children first, and refusing to participate in a process which will do no conceivable good, and may do considerable harm. Dunedin, Invercargill, Auckland – who’s next?

Update: According to Morning Report this morning, Canterbury, Northland and other regions may be following Auckland…

59 comments on “Schools’ boycott spreads”

  1. really 1

    Labour flunkies makin’ trouble

    • What a witty and insightful comment really.

      Any proof that National Standards actually does anything important like, and I am having a stab in the dark here, improves education standards?

    • Bright Red 1.2

      we oughta run ’em outta town.

      The only person linked to schools I’ve heard speak in favour of national standards is President of the New Zealand School Trustees Association Lorraine Kerr – not a professional educator, just a Tory.

      Her questionaire to boards of trustees on support of national standards attracted 18 replies, 14 for. She spun that as massive support for national standards http://www.thestandard.org.nz/lorraine-kerr-national-standards-schools-money/

      • marsman 1.2.1

        Lorraine Kerr? Any relation to Uber-Neoliberal Roger Kerr?

      • ianmac 1.2.2

        I don’t think that NZSTA has many members. It is voluntary to join and over the last 20 years, their membership has dwindled because they do not represent the concerns of schools. They consult only with a narrow band of politicians and Kerr speaks for herself not schools.

    • Trevor Mallard 1.3

      I’d bet majority of Auck Principals didn’t vote Labour in 2008. Hope it will be different next year.

  2. Croc 2

    Democracy in action. Can’t wait to see Tolley squirm

  3. really 3

    Are you saying that Iain Taylor *isn’t* a Labour flunkie?! ha ha ha. Oh please stop it!

  4. Pete 4

    And ‘national standards’ in action is getting more negative finger-pointing at teachers.

    Observe Hill-Cone’s column in the herald (at least many of the commentors are onto it):
    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10654289

    And I quote:
    “The real problem here though, is not the national standards but the teachers themselves. I might support the Education Minister’s campaign to shake up the arrogant antiquated teachers union with its tenure for all, but damned if I want my small daughter being collateral damage.”

    • andy (the other one) 4.1

      Check the time and date stamp on the article Monday 28th June 2010 3.45 am. Maybe she has written the article before the parent teacher interview aswell.

      Hill Cone has done the typical, I want standards for all but I don’t need them for my kid cause they are too one size fits all. Then sho goes on about how its all one way comunication when teachers rate kids. Except she gets the NZ Herald megaphone and her little darlings teacher gets no right of reply.

    • ghostwhowalksnz 4.2

      Hill Cone thought the ‘education’ her 5 yr should be getting would limited to sitting on a mat .

  5. Craig Glen Eden 5

    I have not seen anyone who is not a tory who does support National Standards. Meetings I attended were stacked with National Party people who loved to play Im not a professional just a parent but I think this is great for my children. These people were all addressed by the National MP using their first names it was just plan sad.

    • ianmac 5.1

      Those Nats who spoke at the Ministers meeting that I went to, did not address any of the Nat Stds but spoke of “other stuff.” Too embarrassed to actually ask about the effect of Nat Stds?
      The local paper reported that most supported the Minister at the meeting but that was patently untrue.
      Anyway good on the Principals. Have to be brave to stand up for princples and what is best for kids.

      • mickysavage 5.1.1

        That is the problem. It has become a “solution” for a collection of disjoint ideas many involving a complete misunderstanding of the education system.

        It is a publicity campaign that is being used to change the education system for the worse.

        It is prejudice wrapped up as “reform”.

        And most damning it will not improve educational standards.

        Why are we doing this again?

        • Draco T Bastard 5.1.1.1

          Because our “democratic” system allows the party in power dictatorial control. This means that when they decide to do something they will do it no matter what the evidence is against it.

  6. tc 6

    What’s it costing? 20mill or something like that….for no extra testing at all just collation of material that existed before they were even elected.

    In the real world we call that a complete waste of money……upskill in excel or get some education minstry person to do a report writing course on the existing data.

    FFS wake up people this is all about ranking schools to rob them of even more money by saying ‘you’re not up to scratch’……some schools never will be in certain areas….it’s called education for all….regardless of your background/location/circumstances.

  7. ellenun 7

    I’m a primary school teacher and the consensus amoung my colleagues is that there may be some useful stuff in all this national standards business but it’s fraught with difficulty and really needs to be scaled back and trialled. By the way, I’ve taught under @really’s ‘labour flunkie’ principal and my enduring memory is a staff meeting where it was politely suggested which way we should vote at a certain general election, and I can tell you it wasn’t for Labour!

    • really 7.1

      So, how did the ‘non-partisan’ union rep Iain Taylor suggest his staff vote at a General elction ellenun?

  8. I’m a Primary School Principal and in my opinion the stuff in National Standards about teachers being the best people to assess children’s progress and achievement (whilst being plainly self obvious) is the only bit worth keeping. Otherwise the whole thing is ideological bunkum wrapped up in teacher hating 1800’s newspaper.

    To Auckland and Southland add Northland.

    The house of cards that National Standards is built on is, quite correctly, crumbling.

    A final thought now the Ministry of Education and its CEO have felt the wrath of League Tables http://www.teu.ac.nz/?p=10179 are they still in favour of them? Have they considered that they just might be part of the problem?

    • r0b 8.1

      I’m a Primary School Principal

      I salute you, and all teachers. Tough job.

      A final thought now the Ministry of Education and its CEO have felt the wrath of League Tables

      Hah! Good call.

  9. Kia-ora Koutou.

    We are currently, in our schools, in the process of putting into practice a new curriculum which was the result of years of careful research (into worldwide proven best practice), consultation and planning. NACT now proposes to make changes based on ideology which have already been proven failures in the US and UK. Not only are their proposals not based on evidence, but they refuse to trial them and wish to introduce them at the same time as major curriculum changes, masking any useful assessment of effects.

  10. George.com 10

    Anne Tolleys response on the 6 pm news about Principals boycotting the governments ‘training’ was that the Principals need to talk to her about their concerns. Was she trying to be ironic I wondered. Problem is, her government has not been listening when concerns about the NS have been raised. Is this a new and genuine commitment from the Minister to actually listen and make required changes, or mere polikiting in the face of criticism.

  11. George.com 11

    This off the National Radio website:

    Ms Tolley says the action is political and the Ministry of Education has been open to changing its training for the national standards. But association president Iain Taylor disagrees, saying the association wrote to Ms Tolley about the matter in May but has yet to receive a reply.

    I guess the challenge for the Minister is to follow through on her claim to being open to discussion and make the changes that are required.

  12. burt 12

    Of course there was no discourse when NCEA was introduced. The sooner we adopt a single assessment system in our state schools that’s internationally proven and workable for the magic triangle of teachers, students and parents and stop treating how we measure academic ability as a political football the better.

    I think we need national standards because we can’t keep pretending all schools and all teachers are equal and continue dealing with anomalies via avoidance of comparisons.

    I can’t believe people would rather not know what the odds of a good education are at the school they choose,. Oh hang on, they don’t choose a school do they – they choose a house and that has a neighbourhood which has a school allotted to it.

    • Fabregas4 12.1

      ‘I think we need national standards because we can’t keep pretending all schools and all teachers are equal and continue dealing with anomalies via avoidance of comparisons’.

      Tell me again how National Standards will address this?

      The Minister will tell you that differences in children’s achievement are more prevalent within schools than between them. Though of course children in lower decile schools are always behind the eight ball as they don’t have the benefit of social and school capital that their richer mates have. Hence the fact that any league tables can largely be written now – decile 7-10 at the top and decile 1-3 at the bottom (with some exceptions here and there).

      • burt 12.1.1

        I don’t have a lot of argument with what you are saying, but I don’t think status quo is the answer to all the current day issues and disparities of outcomes.

        • Fabregas4 12.1.1.1

          I agree Burt. Here is the answer and some level of evidence.

          Fix up the disparity across our whole society.

          The gap between the haves and have nots widened by the greatest amount in history between 1984 and Helen Clarks Labour Govt being elected. During this period the achievement tail grew by the greatest amount in our history. Labours work in the 9 following years (including but not limited to Working for families, a kinder social welfare system, and increased funding of early childhood education and schools) was along with some policies such as Ka Hikitia and programmes such as Kotahitanga reducing the tail.

          Largely any problems in education are a reflection of problems in society. You can blame teachers and principals, nanny state, whatever you like, but if our society has problems schools will have them.

          Tax Cuts for the rich won’t help, neither will more assessment in the form of these Standards.

          Good honest, caring, people focussed policies will.

        • Fabregas4 12.1.1.2

          That’s fine but then don’t go about suggesting that National Standards are the answer when every educational expert is telling us otherwise because then you are advocating that anything is better than what we have which quite clearly is not true.

    • Zaphod Beeblebrox 12.2

      You seem to be confusing assessment with teaching. How can you teach and assess individual students with a yes/no dichrotomous answer for only three subject areas? How will that help my childs teacher at the start of next year?
      We have no shortage of standardised tests already- the new one is worst I’ve seen by far.

      • burt 12.2.1

        You are right, we don’t have a shortage of standardised tests. None are compulsory and none appear to be consistently applied. You complained that the current reporting system is worthless, yet you are defending the mish mash of tools being inconsistently used that produce that report.

        I think you hear you load and clear though, How Labour managed it was good (eventhout the outputs are worthless) and what National are doing is bad (and will be worthless).

    • Of course there was no discourse when NCEA was introduced

      What absolute utter piffle. The introduction of NCEA involved consultation and trials and an extended period. Unlike National Standards …

      Burt how about you come up with some evidence?

  13. BLiP 13

    There’s no point in anyone attending these so-called Training Sessions. Three teachers I have spoken to and who attended the sessions report that the “instructors” were unable to answer basic questions and get stroppy when pressed for a “best guess”/considered opinion type answer. One instructor’s promises to “get back to you on that” have not been kept, and another was spotted weeping in her car afterwards.

    Victims all over the place. Thanks National Ltdâ„¢ – I’m lovin’ it.

    • ianmac 13.1

      It does seem that the Ministry is the meat in the sandwich. It must be very hard to present and promote a program which is without substance or rigour, and those in the MOE know that. It would be like being tasked to prove that UFO are truly staffed by aliens and should be part of the school program. Or maybe teach the ghost culture.
      Could be that it is a cynical ploy to divide the teacher and teachers/parents so that sweeping changes like Bulk Funding can fill the vacuum?

      • Fabregas4 13.1.1

        And a major fall out of this is that it has been divided and is dividing parents/teachers/principals/ministry/school advisors – when all relevant research shows that these links are crucial to achievement. I understand that the school advisors are being told that the will not be allowed to work with schools who are not actively working towards the introduction of Nationals Standards – this is obviously all about the kids!

        All the while the Ministry who trade on things being ‘evidence based’ and “best evidence synthesis’ have not a jot to support the introduction of this rubbish.

        • BLiP 13.1.1.1

          The Ministry is yet another of the several government departments which have been infested with “generic” managers who last worked in the supply division of a baked beans factory. Armed with their “rah-rah rev-it-up for the sales-team” bollocks they are sending these poor souls out to face angry and confused teachers with nothing substantial to support the policy other than the same sales-pitch they received from HQ. Teachers can spot bullshit from a mile away and this particular effluent trail leads right back to John Key’s office and his Crosby/Textor power-at-all-costs policy unit.

          Epic work by the teachers. Like any employees, they are required to “stop the process” when they see instructions likely to lead to harm. There’s going to be shit to pay for it, but if they can prevent yet more children being harmed in a system ostensibly arranged around their best interests, teachers, in this instance, truly are fighting the good fight.

  14. Zaphod Beeblebrox 14

    The problem is that the entire school report system has become confusing and frankly worthless.

    My son bought his report home today. Normally it lists Writing, Reading and Maths and describes his achievement level as achieving above, at or below average- with a brief summary.
    His report for all subjects now says- ….is on track to reach the national standard by the end of the year.
    Speaking to other parents they seemed confused by the moronic simplicity of the way information is presented.
    When I asked his teacher what it meant, teacher said he was doing great but no-one had worked out how the standards were derived. The national standard for his age group was so low for his students and frankly reporting like this was a waste of time, but it was school policy to adopt the new standard.
    One sure way to condemn this stupid system is obviously to follow its intent.
    oh, for a bit of qualitative assessment!

    • burt 14.1

      But that works for the teachers Zaphod. The ones complaining that don’t want another whole new set of tools.

      Given the zero chance of NZ politics ever stopping this ‘rebuild the assessment tools from the ground up every 15 years’ malarkey I find myself in agreement with Trevor Mallard, why didn’t National use Astle for this purpose. Labour might have been too wishy washy to make it compulsory, but that was all National had to do as step 1. Easy, deliver on election promise with what appears to be a workable system, all be it home grown and relatively unproven over time.

      Only explanation for doing it their way was because they could! Classic bloody flip flop BS that will just be reversed next time Labour get the levers.

      Educational assessment policy is a disgrace entirely the making of petty political corner pissing.

      • Zaphod Beeblebrox 14.1.1

        Fair enough, I don’t really understand the political subtleties of what Mallard and Tolley are saying which ius at another level. The problem for me that in order to achieve uniformity you are simply dumbing down the whole assessment system to a yes/no level which is worthless.

        I understand Tolley’s intent (to give simple, easy to understand measures), but it ends up giving no information for anyone- apart from the bleeding obvious. It will be great for lazy teachers but really bad for any parents unless they ask the right questions

        • burt 14.1.1.1

          You said; “The problem is that the entire school report system has become confusing and frankly worthless”. and that national standards will dumb it down and make it worthless.

          Are you just being cantankerous or are you making it up as you go?

          • Zaphod Beeblebrox 14.1.1.1.1

            Maybe you’re right- I am a bit cantankerous when it comes to the school report system at the moment. Each year I see less and less detail and thought go into school reports. Each year i’m told that I should be proud because my kids have surpassed some committee created arbitary level of testing (which incidentally has a different title each year).

            Last year we are told that the solution to our education woes are at hand- another assessment system! When it arrives I find that all description is gone just a simple yes no answer. Which box do you think my kids will be in next year.

  15. burt 15

    It would be very interesting to see if there is any correlation between schools that boycotted Astle and schools that are now planning to boycott national standards.

    I would also understand schools that might have embraced Astle balking at new standards, but the shout of ‘What we have works just fine’ means different things coming from theses schools than from ones that haven’t accepted Astle.

    This information is not being clearly introduced into the debate about what national standards actually means to schools, schools we conveniently say are all doing pretty well thank you very much.

    • Irascible 15.1

      AsTTle is a teaching tool designed to provide information about the student’s knowledge and mastery of the skills related to English reading & writing, Maori reading & writing and mathematics skills. It becomes an aid in designing the school / class syllabus to meet the needs of a specific cohort of students. It is, therefore, a flexible tool.
      National Standards are not designed as a teaching tool they’re designed as an accountancy device – measure the input against the output assuming that the workers are dealing with standard articles that can be manipulated into the desired product package. They are, therefore, inflexible and result in, as has been the result in the US, the workers teaching to the test and ignoring the needs of the students.
      National Standards has other effects that are even more insidious – league tables that advantage higher socio-economic placed schools, moves to “incentivise” teachers by introducing pay based on results from the national standards testing – which usually means that those students in most need of assistance get sidelined as schools and individual teachers reach for the students who will deliver the needed results – and, as in the US, the placing of resources where National Standards results are expected to be high (rewarding the achievers ) and a reduction to places where results are low / poor.
      Tolley and the NACT government do not understand what education is about only that media commentators like DHC want to cane teachers so that they can become denizens of the DHC “real world” instead of dealing with very human issues and processes.

      • Trevor Mallard 15.1.1

        AsTTle is also pretty good at identifying teachers professional learning needs too.

  16. George.com 16

    It seems to me that the trainers who are charged with delivering the professional development for the Standards are being placed in an invidious position. They are being told to work with an initiative many seem to lack faith in whilst, due to the hasty and rushed implementation, they are receiving their training on the Standards only weeks before teachers do. It is a case of making it up as they go along.

    I recently heard someone explain the current shambles along these lines. Schools are being required to implement and explain to parents the governments policy of National Standards, without adequate training and knowledge. The PD trainers are unable to clearly explain the National Standards to teachers because the Ministry is unable to clearly explain the National Standards to the trainers. The Ministry is uable to clearly explain the National Standards to the trainers because the Minister is unable to clearly explain the National Standards to her Ministry. Ultimately, the responsibility goes back to the Minister for embarking on a hasty development and a hasty implementation of the package. If the Minister is not clear, don’t expect anyone else to be.

    • ianmac 16.1

      Exactly George. Who would be willing to work in MOE? Any takers? Hoi! Come back!

    • Fabregas4 16.2

      Though the head of the MOE, Mrs Karen Sewell, has been very vocal on the National Standards issue when visiting Principal groups. She stated at our meeting that ‘if Principals are opposed to the Standards then they can always find a different job”. I thought at the time that this was from the Tolley school of consultation and was entirely consistent with the professional respect that the minister has shown for education experts across the country.

      It is extremely rich for Tolley to talk about the need for dialogue – this whole process has been absent of this from the MOE and government and as we speak the NZPF are finding it near impossible to have discussions with her as are the NZEI (who by the way are not merely the teachers union but a longstanding champion of quality education in our country).

  17. Dan 17

    I think the love affair the Minister has with things American in Education should be read from this perspective.:

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/thewrongstuff/archive/2010/05/17/diane-ravitch-on-being-wrong.aspx

    and this:

    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1862444,00.html

  18. Dan 18

    Whoops, my edit did not work.

    I think the love affair the Minister has with things American in education should be read from this perspective.:

    http://www.slate.com/blogs/blogs/thewrongstuff/archive/2010/05/17/diane-ravitch-on-being-wrong.aspx

    and this:

    http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,1862444,00.html

    The first is a fascinating proponent of national standards in the States who now deems the “reforms” she advocated as “deforms”.
    The second is a Time article on how a ” reformer” fired hundreds of teachers, and proposed to pay double the salary if they went for a one year tenure which stayed if they improved the results of the kids they taught. Needless to say, we are still waiting on the long term results. Our beloved leader flew to the States to learn from Ms Rhee.

  19. ianmac 19

    Canterbury Principals have come out in support for the findings of the Auckland Principals, on National Radio this morning.
    The Minister saying that they should have come to her with their concerns is a bit rich. So far she has offered no research or discussion on the merits or content of National Standards. She has dismissed questions as just negative stirring, and has refused dialog.

  20. ellenun 20

    @really: preferred party was the one advocating bulk funding at the time.This issues-driven approach to voting really does suggest he’s quite non-partisan.

  21. Adrian 21

    Ellenun, you really have to be careful what you wish for, eh. I hope he is just one of the many who will turn on this bunch of self-serving rorters. Is there one single thing that the Nacts, or is that the Naori Party, have done that’s worked or not been found to be cynical lies. I see that the JK Memorial Cycleway is winning friends up and down the country, leaving councils with half finished tracks and none of the promised money. In this conservative SI town they have seriously arced up a moribund Grey Power ( that appears to have been quietly taken over by right leaners in the past few years but has recently had a clean out and is advocating for strong action against the govt ) and the farmers who are very pissed off about a lot of things. Just how many groups can you get offside with before the tipping point comes.

  22. George.com 22

    I asked the question, how can anyone (the Ministry, trainers, teachers and parents) expect to understand and explain National Standards, when the Minister does not and cannot herself. This video I think explains it best where the Minister is trying to explain moderation.

    http://www.thestandard.org.nz/oh-oh-sound-of-a-minister-floundering
    http://www.thestandard.org.nz/trev-nails-tolley-other-lab-mps-fail/

    • Trevor Mallard 22.1

      After 19 months many parents are now getting the new reports – described to me by a middle class Nat parent as narrow and shallow. Enormous waste of time and money.

  23. My understanding of National Standards is that it is the back door to being able to smash the very strong Teachers Union.

    Canadian Economist Jim Stanford has been in NZ, he works for the unions in Canada, he also has an interesting website http://www.economiceforeveryone.com He demystified the money markets using plain english, no mumbo jumbo to confuse you.

  24. Jenny 24

    With all the problems that will now face the prison service with the banning of cigarettes in prisons. The Corrections Association should follow the teachers lead and boycott this ill conceived right wing knee-jerk action at least until this policy has been trialed.

    capcha – worries

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    SciBlogsBy Sarb Johal
    3 days ago
  • Final BMG poll – nothing to see here
    BMG research have unleashed their final poll of the 2019 campaign:Westminster voting intention: CON: 41% (-)LAB: 32% (-)LDEM: 14% (-)GRN: 4% (-)BREX: 3% (-1)via @BMGResearch , 06 - 11 Dec Chgs. w/ 06 Dec That's a bit of a "Dunno why we bothered" sort of poll. "Phillip, I'm afraid I've been a ...
    3 days ago
  • Grant Robertson Spends Up Large – On The Establishment!
    Grant Keeps On Trucking: Out of the $12 billion Robertson has announced for infrastructure investment, $8 billion will be allocated to specific projects, with the balance of $4 billion held in reserve. What does it say about this Government's "transformational" ambitions that 85 percent of that $8 billion is to ...
    3 days ago
  • Boris Johnson … Hides … In a Fridge
    I am not making this up.First few lines of the Dail Mail write up:Boris Johnson's exasperated media minder swore on live TV today as the PM refused to speak to Good Morning Britain before trotting into a fridge as he started an early milkround in Yorkshire. Piers Morgan was visibly ...
    3 days ago
  • Shy Labour Voters?
    In previous elections pollsters have bemoaned the 'shy Tory' - the respondent who is so fearful of being judged as a cruel and heartless bastard by an anonymous pollster, or their spouses, workmates and friends, that they lie about their intention of voting Conservative, skewing the poll figures in Labour's ...
    3 days ago
  • Seven reasons to be wary of waste-to-energy proposals
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz I was in Switzerland recently and discovered that they haven’t ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Reviewing the whitewash
    Back in 2015, then Ombudsman Beverley Wakem conducted a review of the OIA, Not a game of hide and seek. The "review" was a whitewash, which found no need for legislative change, and instead criticised the media and requesters - which destroyed Wakem's reputation, and undermined that of the Office ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • You Gov MRP Poll Out
    So, You Gov's MRP poll - the weird one that tries to reflect what will happen at a constituency level and which pretty much nailed the hung parliament in 2017 - is not looking too good for Labour:
    UK #GE2019 MRP seat projection:CON: 339 (-20)LAB: 231 (+20)SNP: 41 (-2)LDEM: 15 ...
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: Accountability?
    We've known about climate change for over forty years now,and it has been a major political issue for twenty. And yet fossil fuel companies have kept polluting with impunity, while government have looked the other way and twiddled their thumbs and refused to do anything because "the economy", or just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Delusional And Irrational: The Rise Of Paranoid Politics In New Zealand.
    Sheer Loopiness: Many of those expressing bemusement at the antics of these #turnardern effacers, were convinced that they were yet another expression of the National Party’s increasingly spiteful anti-government propaganda campaign. They marvelled at the oddness of the perpetrators’ mindset and questioned the common-sense of allowing the rest of New Zealand ...
    4 days ago
  • Things to know about Whakaari/White Island
    Brad Scott, GNS Science VolcanologistThis post was originally published by GeoNet. Following the 9 December devastating eruption at Whakaari/White Island we have put together some information about the island. New Zealand’s most active volcano Whakaari/White Island is currently New Zealand’s most active volcano, it has been since an eruptive episode ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    4 days ago
  • Status quo supports status quo
    The Justice Committee has reported back on its Inquiry into the 2017 General Election and 2016 Local Elections, with a host of recommendations about how to improve our electoral systems. Some of their recommendations are already incorporate din the Electoral Amendment Bill currently before Parliament, but there's also a recommendation ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • The Greens abandon NeoLiberalism
    Back in 2017, in order to make themselves "electable" in the eyes of rich people who oppose everything they stand for, the Greens signed up for NeoLiberalism, adopting a restrictive set of "Budget Responsibility Rules" which basicly prevented them from using government to make things better. Now, they're finally abandoning ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Lying about a failed war
    Since invading in 2001, the US has consistently claimed that their war in Afghanistan has been going well, even when it continued year after year after year. Of course, they were lying, and thanks to the Washington Post and the US Freedom of Information Act, we get to see just ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Artificial Intelligence and You
    How should we think about artificial intelligence and the implications that it has for our work and leisure? There are many articles on artificial intelligence and its potential impacts on jobs, and the ethics of applications. These are important topics, but I want to focus on some less discussed aspects, ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert Hickson
    5 days ago
  • Statistical manipulation to get publishable results
    I love data. It’s amazing the sort of “discoveries” I can make given a data set and computer statistical package. It’s just so easy to search for relationships and test their statistical significance. Maybe relationships which ...
    5 days ago
  • More lies on the Twitter (Dan Hodges edition)
    The other big story concerning Leeds Hospital is Boris Johnson's bizzare behaviour at Leeds Hospital, where he was confronted by a journalist and challenged about a four year old boy with suspected pneumonia who was left sleeping on the floor, rather than getting  abed like a sick kid would in ...
    5 days ago
  • LabourActivistPunchedMattHancock’sSPADGate
    So, for a brief period of history, it was alleged that a protester had punched Matt Hancock's SPAD (not a euphemism; special adviser) when Hancock visited Leeds Hospital.This was reported by the likes of Robert Peston and Laura Keunssberg, as well as the less credible Guido Fawkes.  It also quickly ...
    5 days ago
  • France’s anti-Zionism is anti-liberté
    by Daphna Whitmore Last week France passed a law that equates anti-Zionism with anti-Semitism. It is based on a definition of anti-Semitism that includes criticism of Israel such as: “Denying the Jewish people their right to self-determination, e.g., by claiming that the existence of a State of Israel is a racist ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    6 days ago
  • Another bus lockout
    Over the past year we've seen major bus problems in Hamilton and Wellington, as drivers have sought better wages and an end to the bullshit of split shifts, which basicly see them "married to the job". And now its Auckland's turn. When NZBus's drivers planned low-level strike action of not ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Climate Change: Showing us how its done
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. But those targets are insufficient. Meanwhile, Denmark is showing us how its done:Denmark’s parliament adopted a new climate law on Friday, committing to reach 70% below its 1990 emissions in ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • New Fisk
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • Public sector dysfunction should not be allowed to undermine freedom of information
    Another day, another piece of legislation with a secrecy clause. This time its the innocuous-seeming Mental Health and Wellbeing Commission Bill, which (after establishing a new body and making it subject to the OIA in three different ways) includes the rapidly-becoming-standard clauses enabling it to request information from other public ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    6 days ago
  • “This is England, this knife of Sheffield steel…”
    The state of the United Kingdom is fractured, torn up, shredded. The Empire is gone, it died a long time ago. And yet, the country is still tracking with a lead in favour of the ones who play to the ingrained, class-bound division for political gain. It is a disgrace ...
    exhALANtBy exhalantblog
    1 week ago
  • CORSIA, coming soon to an airport near you
    On 27 September, Greta Thunberg addressed a crowd of 500,000 at the School Strike for Climate in Montreal, saying: “You are a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And Sweden is also a nation that is allegedly a climate leader. And in both cases, it means absolutely nothing. Because ...
    SciBlogsBy Robert McLachlan
    1 week ago
  • Cloaking hate speech and fake news in the right to free expression.
    It should be obvious by now but let’s be clear: The same folk who regularly traffic in disinformation, misinformation and “fake news” are also those who most strongly claim that their freedom of expression rights are being violated when moves are made to curb hate speech (as opposed to protected ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    1 week ago
  • The Physics (and Economics, and Politics) of Wheelchairs on Planes
    Michael Schulson When Shane Burcaw flies on an airplane, he brings along a customized gel cushion, a car seat, and about 10 pieces of memory foam. The whole arsenal costs around $1,000, but for Burcaw it’s a necessity. The 27-year-old author and speaker — who, alongside his fiancée, Hannah ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • To Advance Civil Rights, Oppose Transgender Extremism
    We are very pleased to publish this submission is from Lucinda Stoan. She is a social justice activist, mother, and educator, based in Washington State in the  US.   This detailed and comprehensive source-linked overview of trans issues and what is at stake will be useful for many people, especially in ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    1 week ago
  • Faafoi should be fired
    Newshub last night reported that Broadcasting Minister Kris Faafoi had apparently promised to help out a mate with an immigration issue. While its normal for people to approach MPs for assistance in this area, when you're a Minister, the rules are different: as the Cabinet Manual says, Ministers must "at ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Adrian Orr – The Reserve Bank’s Revolutionary Governor?
    New Zealand's Underarm Banker: It bears recalling that the “independence” of the Reserve Bank Governor was for decades held up by neoliberal capitalists as the most compelling justification for passing the Reserve Bank Act. Interesting, is it not, how the ruling class’s support for the Bank’s independence lasted no longer than ...
    1 week ago
  • Driving Us Up The Poll.
    Rubbish In, Rubbish Out: Put all this together, and it’s difficult to avoid the conclusion that anyone who responds positively to a pollster’s request to “answer a few questions” is just ever-so-slightly weird. Desperately lonely? Some sort of psephological train-spotter? Political party member primed to skew the poll for or against ...
    1 week ago
  • Jordan Williams, Colin Craig podcast series announced
    “Free at last, Free at last, Thank God almighty we are free at last.” ― Martin Luther King Jr. A long and bitter court feud between former Conservative Party leader Colin Craig and Jordan Williams has been settled, with an apology and compensation from Williams. On Tuesday, Craig sent out ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • How plant-based meat is stretching New Zealand’s cultural and legal boundaries
    Samuel Becher, Victoria University of Wellington and Jessica C Lai, Victoria University of Wellington Earlier this year, the New Zealand-based pizza chain Hell Pizza offered a limited-edition “Burger Pizza”. Its customers weren’t told that the “meat” was plant-based. Some customers complained to the Commerce Commission, which enforces consumer law in ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • Scientific integrity requires critical investigation – not blind acceptance
    Some people seem to want to close down any critical discussion of the current research into the relationship between water fluoride and child IQ. They appear to argue that claims made by researchers should not be open to critical review and that the claims be accepted without proper consideration ...
    1 week ago
  • Climate Change: The shameful reality
    The government has been congratulating itself over the passage of the Zero Carbon Act, which sets out long-term emissions targets. Meanwhile, Climate Action Tracker has the shameful reality: those targets are insufficient:While New Zealand is showing leadership by having passed the world’s second-ever Zero Carbon Act in November 2019, under ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • More secrecy
    The government introduced a Racing Industry Bill today. As an urban who horse racing as pointless-to-cruel, and gambling as a tax on stupidity and/or hope, this isn't normally a bill which would interest me in the slightest, beyond grumpiness at more government money for a dying industry. But there is ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Unlikely online bully, Liam Hehir
    Check. Check. One, two, three, four. Is this thing ON? Hello readers, I logged in last night (yeah, it’s been a while) to mark THE END of the landmark legal case, Jordan Williams v Colin Craig, which (gulp) reached The Supreme Court, in which New Zealand’s most-defamed man was suing the politician he ...
    The PaepaeBy Peter Aranyi
    1 week ago
  • The Birth Of Israel: Wrong At The Right Time.
    Before The Birth: Israel’s most fervent supporters set their clocks ticking in Biblical times. They cite the kingdoms of David and Solomon as proof that, in the words of the Exodus movie’s theme-song: “This land is mine.” The majority of Israel’s backers, however, start their clocks in 1933 – the year Adolf ...
    1 week ago
  • Hard News: Public Address Word of the Year 2019: Korero phase
    In an unreliable, strange and confusing world, Public Address is proud to present a measure of comfort and stability by annually asking everyone what words or phrases sum up the year that's been – and then giving some of them consumer goods as prizes for being clever or simply lucky.Well, ...
    1 week ago
  • Generalist to specialist
    Both my parents are pretty handy – and they seem to have the right tools for most jobs in the garage and they know how to fix practically anything. A similar story could be told about their generation’s experience in the workforce – being a generalist was not unusual and ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    1 week ago
  • A “coincidence”
    When it was revealed that NZ First had tried to enrich itself from public office via the Provoncial Growth Fund, the Prime Minister assured us that everything was OK as Shane Jones, the Minister responsible for the fund, had recused himself. Except it seems that that recusal came very late ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    1 week ago
  • Member’s Day
    Today is a Member's Day, and probably the last one of the year. After the marathon of the End of Life Choice Act, most of the bills up for debate today are uncontentious. First up is the second reading of Chlöe Swarbrick's Election Access Fund Bill. This will be followed ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Worse than I thought
    The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has reported back on the government's odious and tyrannical control orders bill. As expected, the fraudulent select committee process has made no significant changes (partly because they couldn't agree, but mostly because it was a stitch-up from the start, with no intention of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • The cannabis bill and the referendum
    Yesterday, the government released its draft Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill, which will be put to a non-binding referendum at the next election. I'm not a drug policy expert, but Russell Brown is, and he thinks its pretty good. And pretty obviously, it will be a massive improvement on the ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Hard News: The Cannabis Legalisation and Control Bill: pretty good so far
    As you're probably aware, the draft bill outlining the proposed legal cannabis regime to be put to a referendum late next year was published yesterday, and has already attracted a flurry of comment. It's notable that a good deal of the comment is about proposals that aren't actually new.A minimum ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: Alignment
    One of the big problems in New Zealand climate change policy is the government working at cross-purposes with itself. It wants to reduce fossil fuel use, but encourages oil and gas exploration. It wants to reduce transport emissions, but then builds enormous new roads. The problem could be avoided if ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • How climate change will affect food production and security
    Climate Explained is a collaboration between The Conversation, Stuff and the New Zealand Science Media Centre to answer your questions about climate change. If you have a question you’d like an expert to answer, please send it to climate.change@stuff.co.nz According to the United Nations, food shortages are a threat ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • More bad faith
    Last year, the government announced it was ending offshore oil exploration by no longer issuing new permits. The idea was that the industry would then die off as permits expired. Except almost immediately the government revealed its bad faith, by saying they would extend permits and alter conditions to keep ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Banning foreign money from our elections
    The government has said it will ban foreign donations to political parties and candidates, and will be introducing legislation to be passed under all-stages urgency this afternoon. While I agree with the goal, I don't see a particular case for urgency, unless the government is concerned about a flood of ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Reforming the Education Acts
    The government introduced the Education and Training Bill to Parliament yesterday. Its a massive bill, which replaces both existing Education Acts, as well as various other bits of legislation (including some which are still proceeding through the House). I'll leave the serious analysis to teachers and people who actually know ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Bite-sized learning
    Amelia SharmanThere’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to micro-credentials, those bits of bite-sized learning that can help workers stay on top of technological change.  What’s a micro-credential? While definitions vary, micro-credentials can be understood as short courses that allow people to learn new skills or have an existing competency recognised. ...
    SciBlogsBy Guest Author
    2 weeks ago
  • “Not The Labour Party We Once Knew.”
    All Smiles Now: Claire Szabo is taking up her presidential role after serving as the CEO of Habitat For Humanity. Which is absolutely perfect! After KiwiBuild was so comprehensively mismanaged by Phil Twyford, the party has not only elected a new president from a thoroughly respectable not-for-profit, but one who ...
    2 weeks ago
  • Marxist versus liberal methodology on transgender ideology/identity politics
    While much of the NZ left has transitioned to postmodern and identity politics in relation to transgender ideology, there are some very good articles about that deploy Marxist methodology in relation to this subject.  The one below is from the British marxist group Counterfire and appeared on their site here ...
    RedlineBy Admin
    2 weeks ago
  • Book review: The Farm by Joanne Ramos
    by Daphna Whitmore At Golden Oaks, a luxurious country retreat in the Hudson Valley, pregnant women have the best care money can buy. From the organic food, personalised exercise programmes, private yoga instruction and daily massages Golden Oaks looks like a country lodge for the upper class. Set some time ...
    RedlineBy Daphna
    2 weeks ago
  • Loosening the purse strings
    When Labour was running for election in 2017, it felt it needed to demonstrate "fiscal responsibility" and signed itself up to masochistic "budget responsibility rules". It was a fool's errand: the sorts of voters who demand fiscal responsibility are also the sorts of voters who believe that labour can never ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • Climate Change: How to get there
    Writing in Stuff, Joel MacManus looks at what we need to do to meet the Zero Carbon Act's targets. The core of it:1. Convert 85 per cent of vehicles on the road to electric. 2. Eliminate fossil fuels from all industrial heating up to 300 degrees Celsius. 3. Double our ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    2 weeks ago
  • anti-vaxxers in a measles epidemic: so many ways to be untruthful
    “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa over the past twenty-four hours. “Anti-vaxers are a pro-death movement,” those comments from Dr Helen Petousis-Harris speaking about six more Measles related deaths in Samoa ...
    SciBlogsBy Alison Campbell
    2 weeks ago
  • Is Youth Vaping a Problem in New Zealand?
    Professors Janet Hoek and Richard Edwards, Emeritus Professor Phil Gendall, Jude Ball, Dr Judith McCool, Anaru Waa, Dr Becky Freeman Recent media reports have presented conflicting evidence on youth vaping in NZ. While some NZ school principals report concerns about increasing vaping on school grounds and confiscating vapes, ASH Year ...
    SciBlogsBy Public Health Expert
    2 weeks ago

  • New partnership to boost screen sector job opportunities
    Auckland’s growing screen sector is the catalyst for a new partnership between the Ministry of Social Development and Auckland’s economic development agency Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED). The launch today at FilmFX in Henderson, is to celebrate the partnership which looks to capitalise on the social and economic development opportunities ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    14 hours ago
  • A minute’s silence for Whakaari White Island victims
    A minute’s silence will be observed at 2.11pm on Monday 16 December in honour of the victims of the Whakaari White Island eruption, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has confirmed. “Wherever you are in New Zealand, or around the world, this is a moment we can stand alongside those who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    15 hours ago
  • NZ to help fund fight against measles in the Pacific region
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has announced New Zealand will contribute NZ$1 million of funding towards the joint United Nations Fund for Children (UNICEF) and World Health Organisation (WHO) Pacific Regional Action Plan for Measles.   “Prevention through vaccination is the most effective way of avoiding illness and a costly health emergency. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • New Zealand remembers Sir Peter Snell
    New Zealand is today remembering one of our true sporting heroes, triple Olympic gold medal winner Sir Peter Snell. “He was a legend, here and around the world,” Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said. “Our thoughts are with Sir Peter’s wife Miki and their family.” “Sir Peter is recognised as New ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    18 hours ago
  • PM congratulates Boris Johnson on election victory
    Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has congratulated United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson on his election victory.  “New Zealand and the United Kingdom are close friends and despite our distance we are strongly connected by our history and people,” Jacinda Ardern said.  “I look forward to continuing to work with Prime ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Building a platform for the future of rail
    The Government has released its long term vision for a sustainable 21st Century rail network that gets our cities moving, connects our regions and gets more freight off the roads.   Deputy Prime Minister and State Owned Enterprises Minister Winston Peters said the Government is committed to rebuilding New Zealand’s ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • Prime Minister statement Whakaari White Island recovery operation
    I want to start by acknowledging the families who have experienced such grief and such loss since the extraordinary tragedy on Monday. Today was all about reuniting them with their loved ones. We've just come from the airport where many of them were gathered and in amongst what you can ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    1 day ago
  • New Zealand medical specialists to provide further support to Samoa
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters today announced further support for Samoa’s longer term needs as it continues to respond to a devastating measles epidemic. “Samoa’s health system has experienced massive strain in the wake of the measles epidemic. The volume of patients needing care during this outbreak, and the number of ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Discounted electric-bikes offered to public sector workers
    Discounted electric bikes will be offered up to public sector staff across the country as part of the Government’s work to reduce transport emissions and support healthier transport options.  Associate Minister of Transport Julie Anne Genter officially launched the new initiative at Wellington Hospital today.  “The Government has negotiated bulk-purchase ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Australia and New Zealand confirm joint bid for FIFA Women’s World Cup
    The Australian and New Zealand Governments today launch an historic joint bid to bring the FIFA Women’s World Cup to the Southern Hemisphere for the first time. Australian Minister for Youth and Sport, Richard Colbeck and New Zealand Minister for Sport and Recreation Grant Robertson will announce the bold campaign, ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Blackwater gold mine gets PGF boost
    The Provincial Growth Fund (PGF) has approved a $15 million loan to help re-establish a gold mining operation at Blackwater Gold Mine, near Reefton, Rural Communities Minister and local MP Damien O’Connor announced at an event on the West Coast today. “This is great news for the Coast that could ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being
    Papakāinga model inspires whānau well-being A housing project by Kohupātiki whānau in Hastings is an outstanding example of a Māori-led housing initiative that can reduce financial pressure and reconnect whānau to their whakapapa says the Minister for Māori Development Hon Nanaia Mahuta.  Minister Mahuta officially opened the Aroha Te Rangi ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government provides more funding for major community wetland restoration project
    Restoration efforts for a significant wetland in the Hawke’s Bay are getting more support announced Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage. “Wetlands are vital to healthy landscapes and ecosystems. They function as nature’s ‘kidneys’, filtering and protecting water quality, acting as nature’s sponges after rain and are home to ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Housing First to help Nelson Tasman homeless
    Nelson has today seen the launch of Housing First Nelson Tasman. Today’s launch marks the expansion of the Government’s homelessness programme, Housing First, to the top of the South Island. “Housing First is a proven programme that puts people who are experiencing homelessness and multiple, high and complex needs into ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New funding to support Environment Centres working for sustainable local solutions
    New Government funding announced today will help communities make a difference in tackling environmental issues Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage announced in Hawkes Bay today. The Ministry for the Environment’s Community Environment Fund is dedicating $243,101 to growing the capacity and capability of the Environment Hubs Aotearoa’s (EHA) ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Government takes bite out of loan sharks
    The days of vulnerable consumers falling victim to loan sharks, truck shops and other predatory lenders are numbered, following the Credit Contracts Legislation Amendment Bill passing its third reading tonight. “Too many Kiwis are being given loans that are unaffordable and unsuitable, trapping them in debt and leaving their families ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • New Zealand safer as Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders Bill) becomes law
    A Bill that prevents terrorism and supports the de-radicalisation of New Zealanders returning from overseas has passed its third reading, Justice Minister Andrew Little says. The Terrorism Suppression (Control Orders) Bill is a carefully targeted response to manage the risk posed by a small number of New Zealanders who have ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Foreign Minister and Pacific Peoples Minister to visit Samoa
    Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Peters and Minister for Pacific Peoples Aupito William Sio will travel to Samoa on Friday, where New Zealand medical teams are helping Samoa respond to an outbreak of measles. “New Zealand has been working closely with the Government of Samoa and offering our assistance from the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New Pastoral Care Code will support tertiary students in 2020
    The Government has changed the law to improve student safety and welfare in university halls of residence and other student accommodation. The Education (Pastoral Care) Amendment Bill passed its third reading this afternoon and details of an interim Code of Practice setting out the Government’s expectations of tertiary providers have also been released. ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • New infrastructure funding tool to build housing developments faster
    A new tool to help councils fund and finance infrastructure could mean some housing developments happen a decade earlier than currently planned, Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford said today. “This new tool, developed by the Government in partnership with industry and high-growth councils, will allow councils to access private debt ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Vision to unite the primary sector launched today
    Agriculture Minister Damien O’Connor has welcomed the release of a bold new vision for the country’s vital food and fibre sector. “I’m delighted that New Zealand’s major farmer and grower organisations are today supporting the Primary Sector Council’s vision – Fit for a Better World,” he said. “The international consumers ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • NZ congratulates PNG and Autonomous Bougainville Government on referendum
    Foreign Minister Winston Peters has congratulated the Government of Papua New Guinea and the Autonomous Bougainville Government for completing a well-conducted referendum on the future political status of Bougainville. “New Zealand supported the referendum process by providing technical advice through the New Zealand Electoral Commission and leading a Regional Police ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Next steps for Upper North Island logistics
    In light of Cabinet’s position that freight operations on prime land in downtown Auckland are no longer viable, the Government will now embark on a short work programme to enable decision-making in the first half of next year, Associate Transport Minister Shane Jones says. Minister Jones is today releasing the ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • Surgical mesh restorative justice report received
    Associate Health Minister Julie Anne Genter has received the report back from a surgical mesh restorative justice process undertaken by Victoria University. The process heard stories, either in person or online submission, from more than 600 people affected by surgical mesh. “The report made for heart-breaking and confronting reading,” says ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    3 days ago
  • The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai a milestone for drinking water safety
    The Water Services Regulator Bill – Taumata Arowai , introduced to Parliament today, is a milestone for drinking water safety in New Zealand and will help improve environmental outcomes for urban waterways, rivers and lakes.  “This is a breakthrough for New Zealanders in terms of providing safe drinking water throughout ...
    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
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